ARTS & CULTURE Things to do this weekend 29/09 3 min ARTS & CULTURE Things to do this weekend 29/09 3 min What's on and where to go this weekend Added on 29.09.17 By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on 29.09.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn What's on and where to go this weekend By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on 29.09.17 Gaze at stars We don't get many opportunities to gaze at stars in the UK, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge. Head down to the Folkestone Triennial this Saturday for Astronomy Day, where you can discover the wonders of space and stare into the night sky (well, a planetarium to be exact). Sessions run from 10am-7pm. The Adult beginners session starts at 4pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential, so click here to get involved. Check out the international queer film scene The Scottish International Queer Film Festival (SQIFF) returned for its third year earlier this week with more critically acclaimed films and groundbreaking events than ever. Catch shorts like Campbell X’s DES!RE, which deals with desire and lust among masculine AFAB (assigned female at birth) people, a workshop with adult filmmaker, performer and musician, Sky Deep and a Free Pride party, as well as a bunch of other things between today and 1 October. Click here for tickets and more information. March for choice You may have heard that a referendum on abortion rights for women in Ireland is set to take place this year, which in part, is great news. But the fact remains that a huge number of women still have no legal access to abortion. If you happen to be in Dublin this Saturday, head down to the 6th annual March For Choice in support of those who are fighting to repeal the 8th amendment from the Irish constitution. Click here for meeting times and more information. See an iconoclast exhibition Anti-establishment art takes centre stage at the Saatchi Gallery's new exhibition, Iconoclasts: Art out of the mainstream this week. Ever seen skin used as canvas for images created with heat lamps? Well thanks to Thomas Mailaendar, the artist responsible for Illustrated People, you can. Head down this weekend to see forward-thinking art from the likes of Kate Mccgwire, whose 2011 Corvid (a structure made out of 20,000 crow feathers) is a must-see. Entry is free. For more information, click here. See an Opera Going to the opera can often be a costly, elitist affair, but not in this case. Olivier award-winning company OperaUpClose are offering limited discounted tickets for poet Glyn Maxwell’s fresh take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute (running until October 7). Tackling the modern dating scene, social exclusion and gender roles, this is a stripped-back six-person production that knows how to have fun. For a chance to get your hands on £10 tickets, follow @OperaUpClose on Instagram or Twitter and tell them one thing you’ve done for love using the #THIS4LOVE hashtag. see mixed media art Bristol's Royal West of England Academy (RWA) returns for its 165th annual open exhibition this Sunday. This year's invited artists include Royal Academy President, Christopher Le Brun and photographer Tom Hunter, as well as a range of mixed media art from lesser known artists. Tickets are £6.95 for adults. More information here. Head to the market Manchester's Levenhulme market returns this Saturday and between the food, jewellery, books and drink stalls, there's bound to be something you'll like. Want retro-inspired homeare? Go to Kitsch Republic. Fancy a Middle-Eastern dish? Then check out The Ottö-Men stall. The market is open from 10am-4pm by Levenshulme station. Click here for information. Book now for later Frieze London is one of the most anticipated art fairs in the world, boasting innovative contemporary art from emerging and established artists alike. Back for its 15th edition from October 5-8, this year's fair will centre 1970s and 1980s-era works with a focus on sex, celebrations of the female body and gender, many of which were shunned at the time for being too explicit. Get your tickets here.